Asian Eyelid Surgery FAQ

Asian eyelid surgery

The Asian eyelid includes both the upper and lower eyelid. Asians are often born with either monolids or small double eyelid folds. Asian eyelid surgery can address the appearance of the upper eyelid, lower eyelid, inner corner of the eye, or outer corner of the eyes as needed.

Upper eyelid surgery, or upper blepharoplasty, includes double-fold eyelid surgery and the conversion of a monolid to double eyelid. It also includes eyelid ptosis surgery, as Asians often desire larger eyes. For the lower eyelid, Asian eyelid surgery involves removing lower eyelid fat or undereye bags. In addition, excess lower eyelid skin is excised and the muscle is elevated to tighten the lower eyelid.

Another option for Asian eyelid surgery involves opening the inner corner of the eyes. This is called epicanthoplasty.

Epicanthoplasty is performed alongside the creation of double-lidded eyes. The advantage of performing epicanthoplasty during the conversion of monolid to double eyelid is that excess skin near the epicanthal fold can be removed. Another benefit of epicanthoplasty is that the negative downward force is removed. Therefore, the patient’s eyes will feel lighter. Contrary to opening the inner corner of the eyes, lateral canthoplasty will open and enlarge the outer part of the eyes. This will make the eyes look wider and more glamorous. It is a unique part of Korean eyelid surgery as only Korean plastic surgeons specialize in this type of surgery. Dr. Kim is an Asian eyelid specialist who will take time to assess your case and determine which type of Asian eyelid surgery will produce your ideal, wide-eyed look. Your eyes will look brighter, healthier, and more alert!

What is the Most Popular Asian Eyelid Surgery?

The most popular Asian eyelid surgery by far is double eyelid surgery.  Technically, Asian eyelid surgery refers to any eyelid surgery that is being performed on an Asian man or woman.  However, “Asian eyelid surgery” most commonly refers to double eyelid surgery, because it is the most commonly performed surgery on Asians. 
 
A growing number of Asian men and women would like to change their monolid to a double lid or they would like to have larger double-lidded eyes. 
 
Therefore, Asian eyelid surgery often involves creating a double fold eyelid.

What are other common Asian eyelid surgeries?

Patients often choose lower eyelid surgery to widen the eyes and address a hollow or dark under eye. Other popular Asian eyelid surgeries include epicanthoplasty (opening the inner corner of the eyes) and lateral canthoplasty. A unique aspect of Asian lower eyelid surgery is that Asians like to have lower eyelid fullness just below the lower eyelashes. In addition, Asians do not like to have the angles of their eyes to be tight or tilted. Therefore, lateral canthoplasty needs to be carefully done to prevent over tilt or over-tightening. 
 
Lateral canthoplasty is also performed to elongate the lateral aspect of the eyes. The procedure is valuable by itself and as a popular component of Asian eyelid surgery.
 
Epicanthoplasty or removal of the Mongolian band is often part of the Asian eyelid surgery and double eyelid surgery.

What is unique and special about Asian eyelid surgery?

Asian eyelid surgery is unique in that it is mainly about making a double fold eyelid from a monolid. Individuals of East Asian descent often have what is known as a “monolid,” but wish to have double-lidded eyes. The double lid is created by making a connection from the skin of the deeper eyelid muscle known as the levator aponeurosis or the tarsus. This can be achieved using either a non-suture technique (where the incision is not made) or with an incision technique to create the double lid. An incision double-fold eyelid technique also removes the excess skin on the upper eyelid, allowing excess weight on the eyelid to be removed.
 
Blepharoplasty can be performed on either the upper or lower eyelid. A lower blepharoplasty, or lower eyelid surgery, removes the fat protrusion or bags under the eyes. What is unique about Asian eyelid surgery in terms of lower eyelid surgery is that tarsal fullness is created simultaneously. A lower eyelid tarsal fullness is a unique aspect of Asian eyes. This fullness gives a youthful appearance to the person.

How is eyelid surgery performed?

There are two ways to perform double fold eyelid surgery. But before we get to answering this question, we should first discuss what we are trying to achieve in Korean eyelid or Asian eyelid surgery. This surgery is about making a monolid into a double eyelid. So, rather than being called “monolid surgery,” it is called double fold eyelid surgery. The first method to create double-lidded eyes is by using a suture to create the double lid. This is called a suture technique double eyelid surgery or a non-incision double eyelid surgery. This non-cutting method of performing double eyelid surgery has many benefits such as faster healing and lower costs. However, the non-cutting method also carries a downside of an inability to remove the skin commonly found in monolids. Many Asian patients who desire a double eyelid surgery or Korean eyelid surgery have excess upper eyelid skin. Therefore, they do require some skin removal of their eyelids.
 
The other method of performing double eyelid surgery is by cutting the eyelid skin to make the double eyelid fold. In the case that patients have excess eyelid skin, cutting the skin on the monolid is necessary. If the skin is not cut during the surgery to convert monolid to double eyelid, the double eyelid fold will be too small because the excess skin will hood the double eyelid fold or double eyelid crease.

How much is double eyelid surgery?

The cost of the double eyelid surgery varies depending on what kind of surgery is performed.  For instance, if it is a simple suture method or stitch method double eyelid surgery, then the cost is typically $1500. However, if the double fold eyelid surgery is an open method to change a monolid to double eyelid, then the cost can increase to $2500-$4500. The price difference is largely based on how natural the result will be. In a traditional method of double lid surgery, there will be a visible scar when the patient closes his or her eyes. However, in a more expensive double eyelid surgery that is at within the $4500 range, the postoperative result of the double-lidded eyes looks as if the patient was born with the natural double eyelid.
 
Another reason why a price may increase to $4500 to $4900 is if the patient requires an epicanthoplasty.
 
Epicanthoplasty is an integral part of Asian eyelid surgery and Korean eyelid surgery.  It involves opening the inner aspect of the monolid eyes. Typically epicanthoplasty cost ranges from $1000 to $1500. However, if epicanthoplasty is performed at the same time double-fold eyelid is performed, then the cost can be less. Another significant reason why double eyelid surgery can be around $4500 or even higher is when the patient has eyelid ptosis. Typically, if the patient desires double-fold eyelid surgery and eyelid ptosis surgery at the same time, then the price can about $4500. If the patient has very severe eyelid ptosis, then the price of Asian eyelid surgery and Korean eyelid surgery can be higher. Another reason for a high cost is if the surgery is a revision double eyelid surgery. Revision double eyelid surgery will cost more than if the patient never had double eyelid surgery.

Dr. Kenneth Kim – Eyelid Specialist

Dr. Kenneth Kim performs double eyelid surgery in patients with monolids who desire a double fold. Dr. Kim also performs revision double eyelid surgery as well. Before a surgery date is scheduled, Dr. Kim will evaluate the patient’s monolid or the double eyelid to see what kind of result will look the most optimal. Dr. Kenneth Kim will recommend the ideal Asian eyelid surgery or Korean eyelid surgery and explain the cost for each procedure.

Dr. Kim is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, California.

He was trained in both the United States and South Korea. Therefore, Dr. Kim not only performs Asian eyelid surgery but also Korean eyelid surgery. Korean eyelid surgery is unique because the double-lidded eyes will not have a visible scar. The eyes are also enlarged during the process of the Asian eye blepharoplasty procedure. 

Dr. Kenneth Kim will discuss whether the patient will benefit from combining epicanthoplasty or lateral canthoplasty with their double-fold eyelid surgery during a private consultation at Dream Medical Group in Los Angeles. In addition, Dr. Kim will examine the eyelid levator muscle function and will determine whether eyelid ptosis or blepharoptosis surgery is needed or not. Lastly, for patients who desire a youthful lower eyelid, Dr. Kenneth Kim will explain the latest advances in lower eyelid surgery and how it can benefit the patient.

Dr. Kim collaborates with many of the top Korean plastic surgeons today. He brings the latest advances and technology from South Korea to perform double eyelid surgery and Asian eyelid surgery.

During your consultation, Dr. Kenneth Kim will explain the specifics of the various techniques involved in creating the most natural and beautiful double eyelids for patients in America, Canada, and South America.

Dr. Kenneth Kim has been performing Asian eyelid surgery for the past 13 years and has published numerous times in peer-reviewed surgical literature on Asian eyelid surgery and Korean eyelid surgery. Dr. Kim performs non-incision double eyelid surgery, incision double eyelid surgery, epicanthoplasty, lateral canthoplasty, and Asian lower eyelid surgery from his Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, California location. 

Have questions about how you can widen, brighten, and reshape your eyes? Dr. Kim and his highly-trained staff are here to help. Contact our office to learn more about the impressive results Dr. Kim achieves with Asian eyelid surgery.

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